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My AO3 fics are thisaway. Ask me any of the following questions, should you so choose!

1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?

Meanwhile, I've written a couple of drabbles for the Imzy multifandom drabble fest. I'd forgotten how hard drabbles can be! I'm usually only just getting started on my first thought in the story by word 75 or so. :D I did one for Ghost Soup Infidel Blue (fandoms made 110% of in-jokes, yay!) and one Mad Max: Fury Road/Doctor Who crossover.

Suppose I should link my fic for the MCU Rolling Remix (Fury/Hill, whoo) at some point, but right now I'm meant to be making supper.
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Rewatching fanvids since the wifi's a bit fucked tonight, and I have to say that [personal profile] cosmic_llin's Star Trek vid to Long Live still makes me sob like a baby. Or at least sniffle a bit. <3
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Because our heroine is so very good at foiling the plots of the petty and vindictive enemies of her circle (most recently a plagiarizing poet):

Madame Nemesis is, as always, from [personal profile] the_comfortable_courtesan, a deeply delightful serialized historical novel. Other icons in the series may be found via my tags.
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You know that meme that goes around sometimes where you post your five favourite kinks and then five favourite couples, and it's like a wish into the universe to see if anybody will write it for you? Let's make it a little more interactive.

Comment here if you want to play,and I will give you 3-6 couples or characters that I associate with you, and you make an entry in your journal talking about those couples/characters and fics that you wish the universe would write for you.

[personal profile] muccamukk gave me:

Everybody knows about my Delenn/Lennier(/Sheridan) feels, and my Valen/Sakai/uber!Delenn feels. Somebody write me the novel about Delenn's reincarnated lives over the millenia someday--that would be awesome.

Also I want fic about Delenn before the show: Delenn and Mayan, Delenn choosing her career path, Delenn and Dukhat. (Delenn/Dukhat most definitely welcome. I want epic reams of mentor/protegee for them. Would also be interested in an everyone-lives kind of AU where Dukhat survived, and how that would change history.) I guess the overarching theme here is Delenn as Minbari: as much as I get the theme of human-Minbari fusion and the thing with the Chrysalis, my heart is really with Delenn's Minbari side and I hate when she gets made too human.

everyone else played by Mira
*snicker* Okay yes I did watch everything I could get my hands on. This one's a canon want list:

What I want for a character played by Mira Furlan is two things: a) IN SPACE again. I might get this with Space Command? Though I'm not sure how big her role is.

But b), if set on Earth in the modern day (mundane AU!), which seems to be most of what she does these days when she's not doing theatre in the Balkans (which is its own thing): Something where she's not playing a neglected, cheated on, or otherwise betrayed-by-a-shitty-dude wife. Can deal with motherhood but prefer if she gets to do something where it's not all about supporting other people. I just...can she and Paul McGann get cast in a movie together to be a loving, stable couple, but together they fight crime or something? That would be FUN.

Or a lesbian. She has chemistry with everything up to and including a brick wall, and that most definitely includes female costars. See also: Space Command, which has her as a married canon lesbian in space. But is taking for-fuckin-ever to air.

Bel from Steerswoman
Another one where I want Moar Canon. :D I am not sure if you mean Bel (the Outskirter warrior woman) or Rowan (the Steerswoman travelling scientist), but what I'd love for the two of them together is femslash, obviously. But like travelling around their world Finding Things Out, while having a grand h/c loyalty-infused romance. (Basically canon + snogging.)

For Bel in specific, I'd love to see more of her POV, since canon's from Rowan's viewpoint. Bel learning more about magic/science (the boundary between the two being such a huge point in this series), and bringing her own cultural viewpoint to it. Bel meeting more of Rowan's Steerswoman friends. Bel's youth in the Outskirts. Bel vs a demon...once they know what the demons really are.

So this is my "That time I was roleplaying Kasidy Yates and also coming out as bi, while crushing on Kira Nerys" ship. :P

I've always been fascinated by Kasidy's Maquis involvement, and I'd love to see something where that runs into Kira's Bajoran Resistance past. I strongly suspect they know some of the same people, in that complex tangled underworld sort of way. A thing I really love about DS9 in general is how domestic/interstellar politics affect interpersonal relationships, and vice versa.

I'd love something that just revelled in all the complexities of loyalty there: either earlier in the show where Kas is working for the Maquis and Kira's just barely coming to trust the Federation, and both of them are feeling out Ben Sisko, or after the finale where Ben's gone and the two of them are left picking up the pieces. (And Bajor's about to join the Federation--but that doesn't mean all the old issues are gone. Far from it.) An AU where Kas wasn't sleeping with Ben, or where they broke up, or something...probably not cheating, but I'd love some actual femslash for these two. Bonus if there's little to no angst about it being a queer relationship--but tons of feels about their loyalties as Federation citizen, spaceship captain, Bajoran officer, worshipper of the Prophets, and so on.


Just lots of sex. And pining. But mostly sex.


All that staring into one another's eyes and gripping each other passionately about the shoulders while giving pep talks about surviving trauma--but in a shippy way rather than a supposedly-parental one. (Hank-Kara is pseudo-parental. Hank/Alex, not so much.) Hank thinking the world of her skills as an agent, Alex being curious about his alien nature (but not in a weird way). They fight alien crime, they get banged up or kidnapped and have to rescue one another, they huddle for warmth or deal with sex pollen, they have telepathic sex at inappropriate times, they go flying--basically they do all the buddy-cop stuff. Yes. <3

Maria Hill

Maria Hill saves the world through competence, planning, bureaucracy, and strong but carefully-contained emotions. Plus probably most of the stuff for Alex Danvers, really. A nice slow-burn ship with Sam or Fury or Melinda May or Bobbi Morse or idk Natasha, would also be great. Post-CA:TWS work-buddies with Pepper Potts. Keeping secrets. Having a cat to come home to. Or like--basically that current Mockingbird comic, with Maria Hill in. Okay I've now decided that Maria/Bobbi is my new ship. Which might be a great idea or might mean I'm too hungry to be updating DW. :D

Will give characters/ships to people who leave comments. :-)
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The MCU Rolling Remix was really fun. Belatedly linking my fic!

Title: Seventeen Minutes (The Heartbeats Remix)
Author: [ profile] nenya_kanadka
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Pairing/Characters: Maria Hill, Nick Fury
Rating: G/T
Word Count: 1850 words
Summary: When the world ends, Maria Hill is the one who brings a man back from the dead. But it's one thing to know how, and another thing to press her hands to his cold chest and hope against hope for an elusive heartbeat. (Or, Maria's POV on the whole faking-Fury's-death thing.)
Notes: Remixed from Raisons d'ĂȘtre by [ profile] rmc28, and then further remixed into Can You Keep a Secret? by [ profile] scribblemyname.

This whole thing was scads of fun. It's the first time I've written for MCU, which I found a bit intimidating, and we each had only two weeks to write so the fest wouldn't take sixteen years to finish. So I scrambled around researching and scribbled madly, but the accomplishment of writing a thing (which I haven't been basically at all this year, not since Fandom Stocking in December/January) absolutely made up for it.

And then guessing what order the fics had been written in was deeply entertaining. :D I'm pleased to note that I guessed the first four in my stream (the one before the one I remixed, the one I remixed & mine (obviously), and the one after mine). I also guessed that the last two in the stream were related to each other (OMG go read the Extremis!Pepper!Cap one right now) but not that they were related to the other four. Still working my way through the other streams but it's all really cool and I would totally do it again.
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One of those "which ones have you read" memes. Original list of 60 books from here.

Bold = read
italics = read another book by the same author
strikeout = didn't finish
* = own but haven't read

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Tithe by Holly Black
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Synners by Pat Cadigan
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Survival by Julie E. Czerneda
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
King's Dragon by Kate Elliott
Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
Slow River by Nicola Griffith
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
God Stalk by P.C. Hodgell
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr
The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Ash by Malinda Lo
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Legend by Marie Lu
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Thief's Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
*The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
*The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

11 specific books, 23 Authors, 3 DNF (skimmed Handmaid's Tale in bookstore; DNF Cold Magic by Kate Elliott & Old Man's War (but finished Redshirts) & To Say Nothing of the Dog (but finished Bellwether))

Looking up authors who I didn't think I'd read, it seems like a lot of them are more on the fantasy side of the SFF pool, so I guess not so surprising that I haven't read them as I seem to splash happily over in the SF side. Also, when I find an author I love I seem to read everything I can get my hands on by them (Cherryh, the entire Vorkosigan series, quite a lot of Martha Wells), which of course shows up as just one author/book on this list. And apparently I'm most familiar with Vonda N. McIntyre and Kristine Kathryn Rusch as Star Trek tie-in novels & short stories!
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So I have, um...53 unanswered DW/LJ comments, according to my email inbox, as of this writing. Admittedly, some of them are probably alerts from the Goblin Emperor kinkmeme, not comments I actually have to answer. But. Uhhhm. :|

Given that, and given that Dreamwidth seems to be very picky about whether and when it will let me log in, would anybody mind if I kind of, um, draw a line under all that and start anew? It's not that I don't want to talk to you, it's that I probably owed you comments back in like February and I'm not completely convinced that necro-commenting is worth it at this stage.

If there IS an active conversation we were having that you wish I'd get back to already, please feel free to ping me! Like I said, it's not that I don't want to talk to you. <3
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I really loved this book. :-) ([personal profile] madgastronomer, this review is for you. :D)

I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in, because I'd heard so many conflicting reviews of it. But it made me smile so much, and made me go "awww" so much, and made me so fiercely proud of Cordelia, and so fond of Oliver Jole (an accomplishment, since we only really meet him in this book), and made me actually care about Sergyar. It was gentle, it was sweet, it was funny. I really, really liked it.

My two-word summary of GJRQ:

Cordelia's free.

Of Barrayar, for the most part. As she says at one point, she's given forty-three years of her life to the Barryaran Imperium--which eats its children and stifles its women and emotionally stunts its men--and she damn well deserves another forty-three years on her own terms. Thankfully, she's Betan, which means that at 76 she's really only in early middle age. This book is the story of the beginning of the second half of her life. And I am so glad.

I also loved loved loved that Aral gets to be actively queer here. Of course, he would always have been bisexual whether or not he ever slept with a man again. And I've heard people dislike that he and Cordelia were in a poly marriage with Jole, on the grounds that bisexuality =/= polyamory. And, sure, not everyone bi is poly. But some of us are. And for myself, I am more annoyed these days with the trope that bisexuality = having a disastrous same-gender fling in your youth and then settling down with an opposite-sex partner, never to seriously consider m/m or f/f again. And given that Aral's disastrous youthful fling was with Ges Bloody Vorrutyer? Hell yes, I loved that he got to have a happy, healthy, loving, long-term marriage (de facto if not de jure) with a man. For me, Bujold finally came through on the promise of Aral's bisexuality that she'd given us way back in Shards of Honor and Barrayar. Hell, Aral was never my favourite, but getting to see his soft squishy insides...I kind of begin to see what Cordelia loved about him.

Oh, and the two surviving members of a poly triad trying to learn to love again after the death of the third...I might just have a bittersweet narrative button already primed for that, ready to be hit by the right story. <3 Or to put it in other words...I've written that fic.

I've also heard people (based, I think, on an excerpt from a book reading well before the novel was released) decide that this book relegates Cordelia to the role of the slashfic yenta, set aside so the boys can get together. Not at all what I got out of this book. For one thing, Aral and Cordelia have a rock-solid marriage that goes down deep to the bones of the earth; they were also married for twenty years on their own before Oliver showed up. That Aral is bi, and Cordelia is Betan (read: not shocked by polyamory or queerness or kink), and melodrama was never an option...does not mean that Cordelia has in any way been set aside. (They also, you know, talked about it before Aral up and kissed a boy. It's not a thing he did will-she or nil-she.) Being poly, or in Cordelia's case, poly-compatible monogam-ish, does not mean that the first couple that comes together isn't real and true, any more than it means that any other part of a poly family is a secondary add-on. And if anybody thinks Aral Vorkosigan could toss Cordelia aside, or indeed that Cordelia would ever allow herself to be sidelined like that...they haven't been reading the same series as I have, that's all I can say. And I say this as someone who doesn't OTP them as hard as many people. The strength of their relationship is just so clearly underlined throughout the series that it's impossible to miss.

This book is about grief and about choosing what to do with the second half of your life, after you've lost someone who was the world to you. It's about "grownup things", not because of the babies, but because of that.

(As for the babies: I am not, personally, all that invested in having children (okay, I don't actually want any of my own at all), but Cordelia absolutely always did want kids. And, y'know, I'm always going to be more interested in fictional babymaking when it's done with tech rather than pregnancy. Miles and Cordelia may be slightly mad for having/wanting six kids, but you know what, so did my mother. Without a uterine replicator. It's not necessarily a sign of thinking children are interchangeable widgets, thank you very much.)

The romance itself is very sweet. Oliver Jole was basically a non-entity to me at the start of the book, but by a few chapters in I liked him a lot and was cheering for him and Cordelia. The fact that half the book is written from her perspective and half from his meant that I got to both watch the inside of Cordelia's head and watch someone else admire her, which was pretty great. (Have I mentioned that Cordelia is my fave?)

And Sergyar! I had no real feelings about Sergyar before this. I pretty much figured giving Aral and Cordelia the job of administering it was Bujold's way of getting them out of the way so Miles could have plot. (Which it probably was.) But with this book she's sold me on the sheer weirdness of it on a xenobiology level. And you know, I always hated that Cordelia had to give up her career in scientific exploration, along with her Betan culture, to settle on Barrayar and marry Aral. So the fact that she can have SCIENCE! in her life again? Is pretty amazing. :D

Freddie Haines: fantastic teenager. :D I loved the line about the quandary involved in praising a kid for having done something well in the course of doing something they shouldn't have done at all. Kaya Vorinnis, also cool. Miles...well, he seems to be settling in to fatherhood and counthood all right, though I was far more invested in him when he was a Dendarii Mercenary. (My prejudices in this canon may make more sense if you realize that I never cared that much for Barrayar per se. Who needs yet another patriarchal empire?) Also loved the Cetas in this one, and am curious about how that's all going to go: Sergyar is a planet with a Barrayaran majority, sure, but also Betans, Komarrans, and a few Escobarans and Cetagandans as well. It's not going to be Barrayar in miniature...and not just because of the Vicereine.

So, yes: that soft spot I have for canon poly with queer elements and middle-aged folks, in a space-opera setting? A+ work, Bujold. A+. To quote Gandalf, I have no longer any fear at all for any of them.
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A line from the Lauren Esker shapeshifter romance [personal profile] muccamukk is reading goes something like, "Koalas were not very fast creatures, but she was a highly-motivated koala."

It is my new favourite phrase, and I foresee having many chances to use it--especially for those days when I'm trundling along, doing my thing, and then suddenly CRISIS!! and I have to shift modes from 0 to speedy while triaging All The Things to be done. A highly-motivated koala!

(We also have little wineglass markers in the shape of colourful koalas. (Oscar & Libby's is good to us.) Which we finally got to use last night when we had park wardens and let them use the big wineglasses. :P)

Said Lauren Esker book apparently also contains baby puppy shapeshifters (werewolves?), and I wonder if the author has seen The Cage by Alyx Dellamonica?

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So yesterday was our second anniversary. It doesn't seem like it's been that long! Then again we've been together since 2010 so we haven't yet been married as long as we were dating.

Anyway, we celebrated with pancakes (in the morning) and fancy booze (in the evening--I believe Mucca made a manhattan based on chocolate rye, which was just as swanky as it sounds). I gave her this adorable card and she gave me this necklace, though she actually got me the necklace in town so I've been wearing it for a couple of weeks already. :D (It's pretty amazing, and manages to combine romance, my fannish history, and a reference to my first try at college, all in one piece, which I figure is pretty great.)

There will be fancy cake for Mucca's birthday later in the week, but we are waiting on the grocery tender, which has not yet arrived. (Tomorrow perhaps?) Today I have poked at my accounting homework, and am procrastinating on fest fic, during which time I looked at cute pictures of boys in lipstick and then fell down a rabbit hole into a couple of fannish queer criticism essays. Which, well, I spent the whole time going "Fuck your 'sites of transgression against heteronormativity', give me some actual women in love!" (Even though, sure, I can buy fanon bisexual Howard Stark, or ship Sam/Steve or Peggy/Angie, or whatever. I just don't think some of this stuff is as revolutionary as the essay writer did.)

Anyway. Lifes goes on. I should probably make a whole post squeeing about how I got Mass Effect 3 to work (AT LAST) and how much I'm enjoying that. (A fandom which, as a matter of fact, does have canon f/f in this installment and hot boys to perv over. And fireballs to throw. It's pretty great.)
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Today's dose of cheer:

Weird porn author who was dragged into Hugo Awards mess pulls off epic troll:

In which Chuck Tingle decides that if he does win the Hugo for Best Short Story, he will ask Zoe Quinn to accept it for him. (She has said yes, and changed her Twitter handle to "True Buckaroo," a Tingle reference.)

Petition: David Attenborough to change his name to "Boaty McBoatface":

After the public overwhelmingly voted to name a new British Natural Environment Research Council vessel "Boaty McBoatface," the UK government pulled a switcheroo, declaring the will of the people to be secondary to the judgment of humourless bureaucrats, and summarily named the ship the R.R.S. David Attenborough.

Accordingly, the ever-resourceful public are now petitioning to have Sir David Attenborough renamed to "Boaty McBoatface." It's a fine intervention, in the tradition of the petition to rename Stephen Harper to "Calgary International Airport".

List of Spacecraft in the Culture Series:

Speaking of boat names--I have never actually read Iain M. Banks's Culture books, despite being urged to do so, but the ship names are fantastic. I've been giggling my way through the list since last night. (If you have an opinion on whether or not I should read this series after all, please let me know in comments.)



May. 5th, 2016 08:21 pm
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So right now there's a...white swan? chillaxing in our bay. O.o

It's a very nice swan, from what I can see through binoculars. (I missed the attempt to view it with a telescope.) But I did not know that swans were even ocean-going creatures. ???

(Also, is it "creature" or "being" in that last sentence? I think "being" is usually reserved for sapient lifeforms, right? But who knows, maybe this is a star-swan from Alpha Centauri. At this point, I have no idea.)

Swan! :D